01.22.2013
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Nivea
A Kiss of Shine Natural Glossy Lip Care
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0.35 fl. oz. for $3.29
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.22.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This glossy lip balm with a very sheer tint is a good option for preventing chapped lips while adding an alluring shine without stickiness. Interestingly, this contains a couple of sunscreen agents, including avobenzone (listed by its chemical name butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane). However, because these are not listed as active, they shouldn't be relied on for sun protection.

Claims

Gives lips brilliant, glossy shine, in a subtle natural tint. No sticky residue. Provides long-lasting moisturization. Contains natural ingredients: shea butter and vitamin E. The result is soft, smooth lips with an irresistible natural glossy shine.

Ingredients

Polyisobutene, Octydodecanol, Pentaerithrityl Tetraisostearate, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Coco Glycerides, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerine, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Magnesium Stearate, Water, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Propylparaben, BHT, Red 7 Lake

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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